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[uh-fahr] /əˈfɑr/
from, at, or to a distance; far away (usually followed by off):
He saw the castle afar off.
from afar, from a long way off:
The princess saw him riding toward her from afar.
Origin of afar
1125-75; Middle English a fer, on ferr; replacing Old English feorran. See a-1 (perhaps also a-2 for the meaning “from”), far


[ah-fahr] /ˈɑ fɑr/
noun, plural Afars, Afara
[uh-fahr-uh] /əˈfɑr ə/ (Show IPA).
(especially collectively) Afar for 1.
a member of a nomadic Muslim people living in Eritrea, Djibouti, and northern Ethiopia.
the Northern Cushitic language spoken by the Afars.
Also called Danakil. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for afar
  • Her merchants already stood afar off, lamenting for their great city.
  • Additionally, there is a need for architecturally significant sites to be visible from afar as a landmark or destination point.
  • Also, spend a little time talking with those who have lived through communism, not eggheads who have viewed it from afar.
  • They also help to organise them into study groups, and then supervise from afar, dropping in on discussions and marking tests.
  • Gizmos and gadgets will talk to other devices-and be serviced and upgraded from afar.
  • But the flip side of this genius is that people come to take for granted things they once coveted from afar.
  • Obviously it makes sense to choose a product that has been grown locally over an identical product shipped in from afar.
  • Fine particles gather in the areas of lowest gravity, creating patches that look smooth from afar.
  • afar tribeswomen extract water from this forbidding landscape by building small stone towers over the geothermal vents.
  • Jumping spiders, as their name suggests, leap onto their prey from afar.
British Dictionary definitions for afar


at, from, or to a great distance
a great distance (esp in the phrase from afar)
Word Origin
C14: a fer, altered from earlier on fer and of fer; see a-², far
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Word Origin and History for afar

contraction of Middle English of feor (late 12c.), on ferr (c.1300), from Old English feor "far" (see far); the a- representing both of and on compounds (which meant the same thing). Spelled afer in 14c.

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